Why the Inca Didn’t Use Wheels

Jennifer R. Povey
4 min readNov 26, 2020
Photo by John Salzarulo on Unsplash

The Inca was the culmination of thousands of years of development. It conquered huge parts of western south America and held onto them from 1438 to 1533. The last vestiges were conquered by the Spanish in 1572.

Much like the Romans, the Inca demanded their subjects worship the Emperor and acknowledge the primacy of their gods.

Jennifer R. Povey

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